Serie A given go-ahead by government to restart on June 20

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora will hold a video conference at 6:30pm (1630GMT) with representatives of Italian football including federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina and Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino.

A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.

Top-flight football has been given the go ahead to resume in Italy from June 20.

One of the conditions of the Serie A league restarting was that the coronavirus testing it will entail "should not affect the general needs of all Italian citizens", Spadafora said, while adding if there are signs of a new increase in coronavirus cases in general the league may have to stop again.

Spadafora said that Italian Cup semi-final matches, between Inter Milan and Napoli and AC Milan and Juventus, could be played the week before the championship returned.

"I found it absurd to ask me for a date at that moment, today, it's right that football can start again".

In light of all this, we can say that the league will restart on June 20. Spain's La Liga is eyeing a June 11 return.

Ligue 1 is the only one of those top-five leagues to declare the 2019-20 season over.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. "We can't wait to get on the pitch and do what we love most, certain that we can give so many emotions to the millions of fans who were waiting".

"Footballers are not robots, there are concerns", said Damiano Tommasi, president of the players' union. "A critical issue is (playing a) match at 4.30pm which in June and July in Italy is unthinkable".

"It's a crime. I'm not going to quarantine 50 healthy people".

Lazio were second and just a point behind defending champions Juventus through 26 games at the time of postponement.

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